Saturday, March 12, 2005

500,000 Marched in Damascus Last Wednesday

"400,000 at least, and probably 500,000" attended last Wednesday’s demonstration in Damascus said the DCM of the Indian Embassy in Damascus, D.M. Mulay and his wife Sadhna Shanker. They stood at Malki Square for two and a half hours as a steady stream of participants came up the hill from Umayyad circle and proceeded down past the President's office, where Bashar al-Asad stood on the second floor balcony and waved at the passing crowd. There can be little doubt that many, if not most, of the participants chose to join the pro-Syria rally in support of the president's decision to withdraw from Lebanon. Some may have been coerced into going, but most joined voluntarily. Many from my neighborhood went off happily with no urging from officials. They were angry at the bad press Syria is getting and inspired by the rally in Lebanon the day before.


At 3/12/2005 08:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it just human nature for people to rally around their flag?

But history teaches us that such patriotism can be fickle. Remember when Rocky Balboa went to Moscow to fight Drago? Let me refresh your memory: when he entered the venue everyone was 100% pro-Drago, but by the late rounds the tide had turned and all the Russians started chanting "Rock-Kee, Rock-Kee!"

General Patton, especially when portrayed by George C. Scott, had it right when he said, "Everyone loves a winner."

At 3/12/2005 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These kind of sheeps will be the first to applaud the new ruler whatever he is.

At 3/12/2005 11:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the last fourty years, there has'nt been a real spontaneous gathering except when the great poet Nizar kabani died. And i think everybody Knows that.

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